fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Dec. 4th, 2012 11:09 pm)
I'm being published! I just got the notification that one of my short stories has been selected for an anthology! :D

I realize that I didn't have to wait as long as some people do to get a work published, and I probably didn't receive as many rejections as other authors have to go through, but it felt like such an eternity of waiting. I'm just beyond thrilled, and I can't wait to have some more information to share with you about the story and the anthology it's going to be included in soon! :D
Other than that, I'm trying to write. However, forcing myself is producing some pretty lackluster results.

The new novelette started last night:
753 / 10000

The fantasy novel I've been working on since June:
6013 / 80000

Ironically, I am about 7.53% done with each of them somehow. Weird.
Things have been a little hectic what with the first week of school starting. I've already been doing a lot of grading. Plus, I've been working on an artwork for the winner of my Tumblr contest. I got a little... over-ambitious with it, so it's taking forever, but I think it'll be worth it. I might have time tonight to work on it.

In other news, I had a story submission deadline today, and I sent mine at about 2:30PM. I hope they received it. I had one of those moments where, after I submitted the story, I thought to myself, "Oh, shit... What I wrote isn't happy enough. They won't want this; it's going to depress people." And then I get a little sad myself, wondering why I can't seem to write happy things. All I write is angst. Angst with stupid cute things thrown in that nobody finds funny but me. *head-desk*

fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Aug. 18th, 2012 12:14 am)
Trying to get back on the writing bandwagon...

6013 / 80000

I'm at 8% after taking a several week break from writing due to self-doubt and a few more rejection notices (not to mention that I've had to deal with financial aid screwing things up AGAIN right before the new semester starts). I've got another story I'm trying to finish before the 1st of September, but it's only 5,000 words, so I'm hoping it'll be done sooner (or at least on time).

In other news, I will be teaching again next semester! Whee! :D
2554 / 80000

I felt better today writing. I think the characters are coming into their own at long last after far too much "pre-production" and daydreaming inside my head.

I've got a few fanfics and updates coming too. I hope to have them posted by the weekend.
I finally sat down to write today... Something is better than nothing, I suppose. XD
217 / 80000
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Jun. 21st, 2012 02:49 pm)
I submitted something to a publisher to see if I can get into an upcoming anthology. I just have to wait a month to find out if I got in! *rolls around on the floor in impatience*
The story I wrote was very short, but I hope that someone might find it erotic (it's about two London fellows having a little... sexual mishap, but it all works out in the end). The London setting was why I was asking questions yesterday about English-y things and Britishisms and whatnot, so thanks to everyone who responded! I think it makes the piece much richer and authentic. :D
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( May. 17th, 2012 12:52 am)
The steroids have helped tremendously. The fever/dragon skin caused by the Bactrum/Trimethoprim/Doxycyline has cleared up. The joint pain, the swollen right mastoid, and the feeling of being sunburned all over my body are gone too. However, the original spots of infection on my legs that were originally being treated by those medications are still there. I can't win. I have to go back to the doctor again tomorrow.

I want to thank everyone for their kind comments and well-wishes. I haven't been up to responding individually yet. I've slept most of the day due to the steroids and the benadryl injections I got today.
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( May. 10th, 2012 03:32 pm)
I'm very ill, but at least I have seen a doctor and received meds for my sickness. Hopefully, in another five days, I shall be better.

In other news, I'm editing another chapter of Versailles Undone to get it ready for posting, and I'm almost finished with an artwork for [livejournal.com profile] lilithbint that I've been working on since December (it is a very, very belated Christmas gift).

I've got quite a list of fandom things to accomplish this summer before I start working on my Masters thesis. I hope I can accomplish a few of them.
I may be going to Egypt during the summer of 2013 to go on an archaeological dig, all expenses paid. If I get to go, I'll be cataloguing artifacts and drawing them for the dig's records. I want to find a baby hippo amulet!

Also, I found a word counter. (Thanks [livejournal.com profile] shakensilence!)

0 / 50000 words. 0% done!

It's a sad word counter... because it has no words to count yet. *has a sad*
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Apr. 17th, 2012 01:21 pm)
Sick to my stomach yet again today (of course, I only get sick on my days off).

I'm researching today, catching up on grading, and generally feeling ooky. I keep telling myself that the semester will be over in two weeks, but my brain is already exhausted.

ETA: Does anyone know a good word-count widget for Livejournal?
I haven't had a chance to read A Song of Fire and Ice yet. I bought it, and I hope that the end of the semester will finally give me time to read it. I have a question that came to mind today while I was doing a bit of writing... Do the people of Westeros have names for the days of the week? If so, what are they?

It seems like George R. R. Martin has done a very good job of world-building (I watched the clip about the religions of GOT on YouTube and was very impressed-- Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] shipperx, for linking it a while back!), and I just started thinking about what it takes to build a world from the ground up. I pondered J. R. R. Tolkien for a while too. How do you even name things? How do the people of that world mark the hours? What do they call the months of the year? Do they even have a twelve month cycle? It's astoundingly complex to even begin to try to do. I think sometimes it's easier, in a way, to base things in a half-normal reality setting, like J. K. Rowling or C. S. Lewis. As I was taking a few moments to write in-between my office hours and class, I began to realize that I wish I could be one of these initial-s'appeler'd fantasy writers. I need better initials first... or, you know, actually write something fit for publication. XD
I'm in sort of a slump at the moment. I'm coming to terms with it and forcing myself to accept the fact that I will never be an up-and-at-'em kind of individual. My brain is forever on tortoise-pace. I think that all fic and art amalgamations will have to wait until Summer Break (which is in just a few weeks).

I'm trying to focus my efforts on school, but I miss being online. :(
You know, I love you. I appreciate all of you, those who I talk to, those who I don't talk to as much, those who are here for fic, those who are here for art, those in fandom, those not in fandom, those I have met, and those I have yet to meet. We may not agree, and we may not like the same things, but I respect you. My hope is that if I have ever said something that someone, anyone, disagrees with or that I made a comment that clashed with your opinions, that everyone understand that what I say is never meant to be directed at the person; it's meant to be a criticism of a show about fictional vampires and monster hunters. I've got people on this f-list that fell out of fandom a long time ago, and I care about them just as much as people still in fandom (and I thank them all for keeping me on their f-lists even though I mostly post fandom stuff). I thank everyone who puts up with the fact that I'm slower than frozen molasses when it comes to posting... everything. I've got people of every shipping preference possible, and as much in-fighting goes on on message boards, my f-list is relatively harmonious, given that we all seem to be inter-friended. Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones.

ETA: I just realized I had not checked my friend requests in forever, so I've got to add some people who have added me, so I'm going to leave this an open post...
Spring Break is upon me. I only have to go teach my last class at 1:50PM, and then I'm free for the next week... Well, free in the sense that I don't have to come to campus; unfortunately, I still have a massive amount of work to do.

I do hope to get SOMETHING posted, either fic or art-wise, in the next few days. I just have been dead tired lately. I've pretty much been coming home, playing on Facebook for a few minutes, and then passing out. I've been having trouble writing because I think my eyes are too tired to focus; when I read, it's like everything glazes over. I don't think it's an actual eye condition (I'm legally blind as it is), but it's just my brain being too frazzled to let me see what I'm looking at. Also, it does not help that I often get distracted by comics nonsense when I get online, and then I get too riled up to edit or post anything besides rantings.
So, today, I bought the book What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-- The Facts of Daily Life in the 19th Century by Daniel Pool. It looked really interesting (and it was on sale). I think it might help me when I get my Victoriana on in my fanfic... if I ever get around to posting fanfic again. I am currently praying for Spring Break like there's no tomorrow.

... Yeah. Weird day thus far.

I've got to post my [livejournal.com profile] rekindlespangel fic tonight when I get back from my classes. I had hoped to do it this morning, but I forgot that I had to go sit around a Starbucks for an hour to do my weekly "office" hours for the students... And since the students technically haven't had an actual class yet, no one showed up, of course. :D
I made food today. Lots of food. I'm trying to learn how to cook actual food rather than just baking sweets all the time. Today was the first time I cooked a really large meal. The main dish was, as the title states, braised beef in a sangria and mushroom reduction. The side dishes were corn, macaroni and cheese, rolls, and homemade mashed potatoes. I've never cooked beef outside of hamburger before, so this was a drastic step. It also took almost three hours to make. I think it was worth it though because my friends who came over to eat this feast were pleased with it.

The main dish after being in the oven for 2.5 hours...

The main dish after the reduction was prepared...

The entire feast...

(Click pictures for full-sized.) :D
It is a complete travesty that I cannot find a purchasable (or at least reasonably priced) Star Trek comm badge in the 29th century style. I may have to find a way to make my own. You see, both of my New Year's resolutions have to do with Star Trek.

1. I want to lose enough weight to look decent in a Starfleet uniform, so that I can cosplay as my 29th century Wells Class captain character. This also means losing enough weight and finding someone who can make the uniform in time for Dragon*Con 2012. O_o;;; Must. get. to. the. gym. Stat!

2. On January 1st, I am going to begin watching all of Star Trek chronologically, meaning that I'm starting with Enterprise and working my way through the canon timeline (including all series, movies, and the animated series... but not including the 2009 film). I will also be blogging my progress through the episodes. I've only seen some of the original Star Trek series and Deep Space 9, so I'm going to be learning as I go about this fandom that has most recently sparked my interest.
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Dec. 25th, 2011 02:43 pm)
Happy holidays to all! Instead of focusing on our differences, let us all remember that whether through cultural, national, religious, or just familial observance, people all over the world use this time of year as a season of renewal, generosity, and reflection. It's the end of one year and the start of a new that joins us, not divides us. The celebrations at this time of the year stem all the way back even before the Greeks, predating all modern religions, and that, in my book, is pretty awesome and something worthy of pause. Hug your friends, hug your family, be grateful for what you have, and stay strong with the hope that things will get better.

I'll post my [livejournal.com profile] noel_of_spike entry here tomorrow, but I hope to have a short holiday-related ficlet up later today. :D


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